Background to the Situation
The last few years have been traumatic for Egyptians. We have witnessed bloodshed on our streets, vandalism and the deliberate destruction of churches and government buildings in
lawless acts of revenge. In 2013, one of our Anglican churches was attacked, and other ministries received threats. We praise God that our churches and congregations are safe, but we grieve for the loss of life and for the churches which were burnt in August 2013. Unemployment is at a record high, there is a lack of security on the streets, the economy is in decline, and poverty is crushing for many people in Egypt. Refugees too are suffering, those from Syria and from other African countries, such as Sudan.
The funds that were donated in response to the appeal have been used to help many families and individuals in difficult situations. Below are testimonies of three people who were helped by this support.
Rehab: I am 37 years ago. I got married many years ago, but my husband became psychologically unstable and started to beat me up. I took my two daughters and moved to my
mother’s house. I started to clean houses to make a living and to put my children through school. My daughters have now graduated from university and one daughter recently got
married. According to the culture in Egypt, the bride’s family must provide the furniture for the house. I did not have enough money to do this, and I shared my problem with the staff at the Boulaq Community Development Centre. The centre helped me a lot and financially supported me to buy furniture for my daughter. This was a big blessing for me and for my daughter.
Nahed: I moved from Upper Egypt to Ras El Soda, a very poor area near Alexandria. I heard about the Ras el Soda Community Centre and started to attend some lectures about raising children and health education. I also sent my children to the nursery at the centre. I had no toilet in my house, which was so difficult for my children. I desperately needed a toilet and so I went to the centre with my problem. They agreed to pay for the labour and I paid for the materials. This was a great help for my family.
Om Farouk is a 75 year old woman. She broke her leg badly, and the church helped her to pay for the surgery. The church visited her regularly to give her Holy Communion in her home and provide her with food supplies.
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